Seebohm Kerry

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1945
Place of birth Hutchinson Hospital - Gawler.

Kerry Seebohm

"I loved living in Gawler, enjoying the country life as it was then, was great. My friends and I used to do a lot of cycling, even to the Barossa valley. Kids were very active in those days....". Kerry was born in Gawler in December 1945 at the Hutchinson Hospital. He had his primary school education at The Good Samaritan School in Gawler and his secondary education at the old Gawler High School on Lyndoch Road. His Grandfather Jack Skurray has a street named after him (Skurray Ct.) in Gawler West not far from his railway home on Overway Bridge Road, Gawler West. His dad, Roy Seebohm worked as a train guard in the railways, then known as SAR South Australian Railways. After completing high school he commenced a 5 year apprenticeship motor mechanic course, and worked at Langbeins Motor Centre at the top of Murray Street on the corner of Tod Street which is now redeveloped and is a Coles Gawler Central. At the age of 18 his family moved to Adelaide when his dad was offered a career change and became a commercial business real estate agent. He completed his apprenticeship in Adelaide at an AMOCO service station and also at the time, complied with the Federal Liberal Government’s National Service registration. It was a lottery (the only lottery he have ever won.) All young males had to register via the local post office as they turned 20 years old. His National service was delayed a year until he completed his apprenticeship. He served 12 months in Vietnam in HQ Coy Nui Dat Service Corps. Normie Rowe was serving in Nui Dat at the same time but they never crossed paths. Vietnam Veterans were shunned by many Australians on our return. Even the local RSL didn’t make them welcome so they started their own ex-service clubs such as Vietnam Veterans Association, which are still active today.

First shared on Gawler in Photographs ‘Humans of Gawler’ series 29 April 2020.

Photographs by Daniel James Down. Please click here to visit the Gawler in Photographs Facebook page.

Gawler History Team Inc thanks Daniel James Down (Gawler in Photographs) and the subjects of ‘Humans of Gawler’ for allowing us to preserve their profiles and photographs for future generations of Gawlerites to enjoy.

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Kerry Seebohm
Kerry Seebohm

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